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Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill Passes Committee, Headed to House Floor for Vote

January 20, 2017 08:54 AM

Allowing liquor sales on Sundays is again headed for a vote this legislative session. Some say it’s time to change state law while others hope the ban stays.

A bill that would lift a ban on Sunday liquor sales passed a House Committee vote Tuesday 15-4.

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It is now headed to the House floor for a vote.

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Fresh faces at the Legislature and an extra push from a powerful politician have Minnesota's ban on Sunday liquor sales in the crosshairs again.

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It's been a perennial topic at the Capitol for years but efforts to remove it have routinely failed. Minnesota is one of just 12 states with a Sunday sales ban.

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But a majority of the nearly 40 lawmakers who left the Legislature had voted to uphold the ban. And many newcomers told The Associated Press they'd like to see it go in 2017.

Freshman Rep. Cal Bahr says private businesses should set their own hours.

House Speaker Kurt Daudt has co-authored a bill to allow Sunday sales. He calls it a populist issue.

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